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Overview

In 2018, the REA changed its Alumni Honors recognition program by partnering with the Dean of the George R. Brown School of Engineering to recognize 8 Alumni at the Inaugural Engineering Awards Event in April 2018.

Previously, the REA recognized alumni in three principal categories: the Outstanding Engineering Alumnus award (OEA), established in 1974, recognizes Rice engineering alumni for careers of outstanding professional achievement and service; the Outstanding Young Engineering Alumnus award (OYEA), established in 1996, recognizes the achievements of Rice engineering alumni under the age of 40; and the Distinguished Service Medal (DSM), established in 2012, recognizes Rice engineering alumni for extraordinary service to the School of Engineering and its alumni community. It is the School's highest award for alumni service. The DSM is intended to recognize exceptionally meritorious service of a visionary, foundational, transformative or sustaining character, reflecting an unusually deep dedication to, or uncommon generosity of time or means in support of, the Rice engineering community. Alumni who perform such service while serving in REA leadership roles or as Rice employees remain eligible for the DSM, but mere successful execution in an established volunteer or professional position is not, by itself, sufficient for the award. On the other hand, service that meets the standard for the DSM should be not discounted simply because it was performed in a particular capacity. Similarly, the DSM is not an "appreciation" award based primarily on offices held, longevity of employment, or financial generosity, nor is any particular duration of service required; but any or all of these factors may be justly considered as evidence of exceptionally meritorious service. 

 

List of Past Honorees
  • Outstanding Engineering Alumni

    2016 - Lihong Wang '92
    2015 - Jeff Taylor '80
    2014 - Sandra K. Johnson '88
    2013 - Juan C. Meza '78, '79, '86 
    2012 - N. Wayne Hale Jr. ’76
    2011 - R. Norris Keeler ’51
    2010 - Lynn Laverty Elsenhans ’78
    2009 - Wanda Sigur ’79
    2008 - Charles J. Newell ’78, ’80, ’89
    2007 - Richard Massey ’53, ’54
    2006 - Hector Ruiz ’73
    2005 - Pat H. Moore ’52
    2004 - Stephen J. Sheafor ’72; John R. Treichler ’69
    2003 - William N. Sick ’57
    2002 - Richard Bost ’76, ’78
    2001 - C. Sidney Burrus ’57, ’58, ’60; Philip Glynn ’59
    2000 - Fred Russell ’57
    1999 - Robert R. Maxfield ’63
    1998 - Patsy Chappelear ’53
    1997 - Joseph Reilly ’48
    1996 - Terry Koonce ’60, ’64
    1995 - Orville D. Gaither ’49
    1994 - Kenneth E. Jones ’33
    1993 - Burton J. McMurtry ’57; M. Kenneth Oshman ’62
    1992 - W. Bernard "Ber" Pieper ’54
    1991 - Walter P. Moore Jr. ’60
    1990 - Griff Lee ’51
    1989 - George Miner ’50
    1988 - Patrick Conley ’42
    1987 - I.A. Naman ’38
    1986 - Charles S. Matthews ’41, ’43, ’44
    1985 - Riki Kobayashi ’44; Warren E. White ’57
    1984 - Louis D. Spaw Jr. ’40
    1983 - Alan J. Chapman ’45; James R. Sims ’41
    1982 - Lewis A. Waters ’60
    1981 - David E. Farnsworth ’42; John G. Holland ’30
    1980 - Jennings A. Massingill ’42
    1979 - David L. Rooke ’44
    1978 - Ernest Dell Butcher ’34
    1977 - Stanley C. Moore ’37
    1976 - Walter P. Moore Sr. ’27
    1975 - Herbert Allen ’29
    1974 - George R. Brown ’20

     

     

  • Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni

    2016 - David Allison  '08
    2015 - Elle Anderson '01  
    2014 - Rakesh Agrawal '98
    2013 - Andrew J. Schaefer '94
    2012 - Troy Thacker ’95
    2011 - Aaron Hertzmann ’96
    2010 - Justin Romberg ’97, ’99, ’04
    2009 - Christof Spieler ’97, ’99 
    2008 - Parthasarathy Ranganathan ’97, ’01
    2007 - Chaitali Sengupta ’95, ’99 
    2006 - J. Patrick Frantz ’97 
    2005 - Timothy R. Dehne ’87
    2004 - Theodora Overfelt Pounds ’96 
    2003 - John D. Miner ’88
    2002 - Eric Sachs ’93
    2001 - Donald Greive ’84
    2000 - Lawrence Ciscon ’88, ’90, ’93
    1999 - J.D. Sitton III ’85
    1998 - Al Hirshberg ’82, 83
    1997 - Matthew Barry ’84, ’85, ’92, ’02
    1996 - William H. White ’85

     

  • Distinguished Service Medal

    2015 - Ann Doerr ’75 ’76; John Doerr ’73 ‘74                                                                          

    2013 - C. Sidney Burrus '57, '60

    2012 - J. Bartlett Sinclair ’73, ’74, ’78